Budget prompts arguments among Sutton politicians

The Budget: The only time when a red briefcase looks normal.

The Budget: The only time when a red briefcase looks normal.

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George Osborne's budget has met a mixed reception among Sutton's politicians.

Headline announcements made by the chancellor last week included changes to the way pensions can be redeemed, an increase in the amount people earn before tax and cuts in bingo duty and beer tax - as well as the introduction of a new pound coin.

Liberal Democrat MPs Paul Burstow and Tom Brake both welcomed the Tory chancellor's measures but accused the Conservatives of taking credit for Liberal Democrat ideas.

And Conservative candidate for Sutton and Cheam Paul Scully commended the budget but accused his rivals of playing party politics.

Sutton Guardian: Mps Paul Burstow and Tom Brake

Sutton's MPs Paul Burstow and Tom Brake

However Labour candidate for Sutton and Cheam Emily Brothers said the measures will do little to improve life for people in the area.

Mr Brake gave special mention to the plan to raise the point at which people start to pay income tax to £10,000, a rise in the minimum wage, tax free child care, a freeze on fuel duty and cuts and freezes to taxes on alcohol.

He added: "All of these changes have been possible because of Liberal Democrats in government. By producing a long term economic plan, the Lib Dems have been able to deliver tax cuts which are building a stronger economy and a fairer society."

Mr Burstow added: "The message of this budget is the Liberal Democrats promised a £700 tax cut for workers and delivered an £800 cut."

Sutton Guardian: Paul Scully

Paul Scully

However Mr Scully dismissed the Lib Dem duo's claims. He said: "It's another case of the local Lib Dem MPs sitting on the sidelines playing party politics whilst Conservatives in government take decisive action to help savers and workers whilst building a resilient economy."

Miss Brothers was not impressed with either party's take on the measures. She said: "The Paul Burstow-Scully supported coalition may change the shape of the pound coin, but they’ve done nothing to protect the value of it in the pockets of hard working local people.

"The reality for residents of Sutton and Cheam is that standards of living are not rising steadily and sustainably, but falling sharply and steeply – down 44 out of 45 months under the coalition."

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Emily Brothers

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3:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Faire Sans Dire says...

How can the Sutton LibDems claim anyone took their ideas when they are usually bereft of any!
How can the Sutton LibDems claim anyone took their ideas when they are usually bereft of any! Faire Sans Dire
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4:49pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Jerry71 says...

In all the discussions regarding the budget there has typically been no mention at all of the colossal cost to our economy of being in the EU. For example, our annual budget deficit is currently over £100 billion/annum. Yet the current annual cost to our economy of being in the EU is about £170 billion/annum. This is equivalent to the cost of the annual salaries of about 800 nurses for every hour we are in the EU.

Since joining the EEC in 1973 our accumulated balance of trade with the EU is a deficit currently costing us over £1 trillion, whereas our accumulated balance of trade with the rest of the world was a surplus worth £245 billion to 2012.

Our national debt is over £1 trillion. Using the annual cost figure of £170 billion it is easy to show that since joining the EEC in 1973 the accumulated current cost to our economy could be over £7 trillions, that is 7 times our current national debt.

For this we get bossed around by un-elected bureaucrats in Brussels and have lost 80% of our vote. After 40 years in the EEC/EU we have 2.5 million un-employed, yet another 450 million EU citizens have legal rights to come here any day they want. Incredibly the Lib/Lab/Con quacks are all determined we continue taking this ruinous EU medicine! What on earth for?
In all the discussions regarding the budget there has typically been no mention at all of the colossal cost to our economy of being in the EU. For example, our annual budget deficit is currently over £100 billion/annum. Yet the current annual cost to our economy of being in the EU is about £170 billion/annum. This is equivalent to the cost of the annual salaries of about 800 nurses for every hour we are in the EU. Since joining the EEC in 1973 our accumulated balance of trade with the EU is a deficit currently costing us over £1 trillion, whereas our accumulated balance of trade with the rest of the world was a surplus worth £245 billion to 2012. Our national debt is over £1 trillion. Using the annual cost figure of £170 billion it is easy to show that since joining the EEC in 1973 the accumulated current cost to our economy could be over £7 trillions, that is 7 times our current national debt. For this we get bossed around by un-elected bureaucrats in Brussels and have lost 80% of our vote. After 40 years in the EEC/EU we have 2.5 million un-employed, yet another 450 million EU citizens have legal rights to come here any day they want. Incredibly the Lib/Lab/Con quacks are all determined we continue taking this ruinous EU medicine! What on earth for? Jerry71
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